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Universal histories and universal museums

Universal histories and universal museums

Franco-British project in partnership with the Care for the Future program (Arts & Humanities Research Council - United Kingdom)

Universal histories and universal museums: a transnational comparison

Since the end of the 18th century and co-existing with the philosophical reflection on human rights during the Enlightenment, Western thinkers have developed a corpus of thought about human universality in universal histories and universal museums. The project proposes to study the history of museum collections in order to understand how exactly History is constituted, presented, and imparted through uses, legacies, and representations of the past. The project aims to showcase the constitutive elements of the encyclopedic knowledge of western universalities of humankind, from the 19th century to the present, along with their presuppositions and limits. This will be done with a critical investigation and two case-studies (the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Quai Branly Museum). They will emphasize disciplinary divisions and taxonomies (sciences/arts, history/ethnography), their transformations, and their structuring effects on knowledge to the present. The project’s second phase will consist of a small exhibition, based on the case-studies, articulated by a colloquium.

Responsables du projet

Hervé INGLEBERT , Director of the history department , University Paris Nanterre

Sandra KEMP , Victoria and Albert Museum

Partenaires au sein du labex

  • Quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac
  • Archeologies and Sciences of Antiquity (ArScAn) - UMR 7041

Autres partenaires associés

Victoria & Albert Museum London
https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Durée du projet

30 months
TOUT A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Chiara ZUANNI


Titre:  Postdoc
Institution:  Victoria & Albert Museum


Participe au projet:  Universal histories and universal museums

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Hervé INGLEBERT


Titre:  Professor (history)
Fonction:  Director of the history department
Institution:  University Paris Nanterre , ArScAn


Co-responsable du projet:  Memories of the Arab conquest of North Africa , Universal histories and universal museums


Bio

Hervé Inglebert’s main research field is about late antique cultural and religious evolutions. He also wrote about the Roman civilization. He works now on the Christianization concept, on late antique historiography and on the conceptions of universal history, from Antiquity until today. Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, he is the codirector of the historical collection Nouvelle Clio (PUF).

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Sandra KEMP


Titre:  Senior Research Fellow
Institution:  Victoria and Albert Museum


Co-responsable du projet:  Universal histories and universal museums